Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-to-BSN)

How to Apply

Your RN to BSN Application

Submitting a Complete Application for Admissions Review

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As an applicant, it is important to take responsibility of ensuring the timely submission of your application and its required material as listed below. Once the application is complete and all the required material has been received by the Office of Admissions, it is then forwarded to the Nursing Admissions Committee for review and notification. Admissions decisions are sent to the email on file with the Office of Admissions from the School of Nursing and Health Studies. Check on the status of your application with the Office of Admissions and be sure to check your email on a regular basis.

  • Complete a UW Bothell Application for RN to BSN: Applicants apply directly to the nursing major using one online UW Bothell application.
  • Submit all educational transcripts. 
  • Submit a Personal/Nursing Goal Statement: Your statement should demonstrate your ability to communicate effectively in writing and should be well composed and developed. In 400-650 words, highlight your educational and professional goals answering the following prompts.
    1. What inspires your interest in completing your BSN with the UW Bothell program?
    2. Describe your long term professional and academic plans and aspirations.
    3. How do you believe a Bachelor of Science in Nursing will aid you toward meeting your goals and or enhance your nursing practice?
  • Submit a Nursing Resume:
    • Educational History:  In reverse chronological order, including starting and ending years, and anticipated date of graduation from nursing school (if still a student).
      • Include clinical rotations in the Educational history; not work history
      • Any Licenses, certifications, or other nursing credentials you may have.
    • Work History:  In reverse chronological with all starting and ending months and years.  Be sure to briefly account for all employment gaps.
    • Volunteering History: if applicable to nursing, leadership, or human services, please include.
  • Submit Three Recommendations: As part of the online application, submit the names/emails of three recommenders as noted below. Once you submit the online application, the Office of Admissions reaches out to recommenders within 24 hours after submission. Your recommenders will receive a link to fill out the recommendation form. We recommend you submit the online application prior to the deadline to provide time for your recommenders to respond by the application deadline. You can check the status of your recommendations online.

Types of Required Recommendations

  1. Nursing Program Recommendation: If graduated within the last 10 years. Examples include, nursing classroom instructors, the current ADN program director, or a nursing clinical instructor/supervisor.
  2. Professional Recommendation: From any type of position, nursing, health care position, or otherwise, a current work supervisor recommendation is required or, if you are not currently employed, but have been employed as a nurse (LPN or RN) in the past, a recommendation from your former supervisor is required.
  3. Professional or Academic Recommendation: This can be of your own choosing; select someone who knows you academically or professionally. The strongest choices for your remaining recommendation(s) would be additional nursing instructors or additional nursing (or nursing field-related) work supervisors, or supervisors from any health care volunteer experience.  Other possibilities for recommendations would include non-nursing instructors who know you well, non-nurse work supervisors, and nurse colleagues who can speak to your abilities as a nurse.

*Recommendations from a peer, friend, parent, or family member are not acceptable.


Please ask the Office of Admissions any questions regarding the online application or about submission of your application materials:

UW Bothell Office of Admissions
18115 Campus Way NE, Box 358500
Bothell, WA 98011-8246

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International Students and U.S. Applicants who were Educated Internationally

Both international students and U.S. applicants who were educated internationally who submit transcripts from educational institutions outside the U.S. as part of your application should allow extra time (at least 30 days) for evaluation of your admissions file.